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Install Windows98 in VirtualPC 7 on an OS X 10.5 PowerPC
Authored by: womble2k9 on Dec 07, '09 03:17:58AM

I've been thinking for quite a while since initially reading this, as to why you would want an 11 year old version on Win-doze? If someone has a good reason, I'd be very interesting in knowing. I binned my Win98 disks many years ago, after buying a PC with WinME (yes, what a mistake that was!).


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Install Windows98 in VirtualPC 7 on an OS X 10.5 PowerPC
Authored by: victory on Dec 08, '09 03:25:05AM

Well, I think I can do one better -- I have a Windows 95 VM running under Fusion on my MBP. The reason? I have a particular Windows app that is critical for my work and have a VM created specifically to 'host' this one program.

Anyway, the real question was: why use such an old version of Windows? Because Win95 is the earliest version that will run standard win32 apps. Why is that important? Two reasons: With such a minimal OS, the VM boots in seconds and is extremely responsive. (i.e. I imagine the original poster may be using Win98 for performance reasons w/VPC) Also, like most OSes, each version of Windows has gotten larger and larger in terms of the HD footprint. By trimming away unused files, I was able to reduce the overall size of my Win95 VM to a little over 100Mb and still have it functional enough to run the app I need. (Even using utilities such as nlite, there's no way get a Win2k/XP VM anywhere near that small)

On a final note (this casual reply has gotten far too long), I suppose Win98 may be a good choice for simple VMs as I think it was the first version of Windows that had solid USB and scrollwheel support.

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